This past weekend was quite exciting in the world of MMA. On Friday night, Bellator 112 went down in Hammond, Indiana headlined by the Featherweight title rubber match between Pat Curran and Daniel Straus.
Bellator caught a lot of flak for booking Curran for the immediate rematch after losing to Straus handily back at Bellator 106, but their plan worked flawlessly as the two men put on an incredible five round battle. In the end, Curran submitted Straus with just under twenty seconds to go in the fight, regaining his Bellator Featherweight championship in the process. It was an incredibly dramatic ending to a sensational fight that left MMA fans clamoring for more.
Patricio Pitbull, the Season 9 Featherweight tournament winner that was passed over in favor of the Curran/Straus immediate rematch, will now get his shot at redemption against Curran. Pitbull and Curran fought for the title back at Bellator 85 in January of 2013. In a closely contested battle, Curran walked home with his first title defense with a split decision victory over Pitbull. Since that day, Pitbull has been adamant about not leaving the rematch in the hands of the judges. He will likely get his rematch with Curran at the first Bellator pay per view in May.
Bjorn Rebney also announced that the winner of the Pitbull/Curran fight will fight Daniel Straus for the title next.
It seems that Bellator’s gamble in booking the immediate rematch played into their favor, and the future looks bright for Bellator’s Featherweight division.